Morrow, GA Car Accidents Lawyers
Car collisions are on the rise across the country, causing an alarming amount of injuries and fatalities. Unfortunately, Georgia isn’t immune to this problem. In the Atlanta area, our busy roads see more than their fair share of crashes.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in a car crash, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Find out now by calling The Stein Firm today.
Car Crashes Are a Huge Problem in Georgia
Car accidents are a growing problem in Georgia, and the Department of Public Health has weighed in. Their reports show that car accidents were the second leading cause of injury deaths in 2020, as well as the second most common cause of hospitalizations across all of Georgia. For children aged five to 14 years old, car accidents were the leading cause of injury deaths. Sadly, Georgia has the fourth highest number of car accident fatalities in the United States, despite being number eight in the country in population.
What Causes Georgia Car Accidents?
Identifying the main trigger of a car accident is a key part of determining liability. While many car accidents have multiple contributing factors, you tend to see the same ones pop up again and again. Some of the most common include:
- Failing to yield right of way.
- Failure to check blind spots.
- Unsafe turns.
- Driving above the speed limit or too fast for the conditions.
- Driving aggressively or intentionally frightening other drivers.
- Driving while impaired.
- Driving while fatigued.
- Driving while distracted.
Distracted driving is an issue that has exploded in recent years across the United States, causing a significant amount of accidents in Georgia. While any type of behavior can lead to distracted driving—eating and drinking, talking to others in the car, changing the radio station, to name a few—one of the biggest issues facing drivers now is cell phone usage. As more and more people have started leaning on their cell phones for everything from directions and music to social interaction, a growing number of people admit to using their phones while driving.
Georgia has a rule specifically addressing the use of cell phones while driving. The Hands-Free Georgia Act allows officers to issue a citation to drivers caught using a cell phone while driving. This leads to a fine of $50 to $150, depending on how many prior citations the driver has.
This law was introduced to try to discourage drivers from driving while distracted, but distracted driving continues to be one of the most common causes of Georgia car accidents. The good news is that this law does make it easier to prove liability in an accident. If a driver is cited for driving while using their cell phone, you may be able to use that evidence to prove that they caused the crash and owe you full and fair compensation.
Common Car Accident Injuries
Auto accident Injuries vary widely, depending on the speed of the crash, the type of accident, and where in the car the victim was sitting. Commonly reported vehicle crash injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Cuts and lacerations
- Soft tissue damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Sprained or strained muscles
- Internal bleeding
As you can see, injuries range from those that are minor and heal on their own to those that cause death if left untreated. That’s why we always recommend seeking medical attention after a crash. You may feel minor pain or even no pain after a crash, but that doesn’t mean you’re not injured.
The body releases adrenaline during a crash to protect you from pain and help you get away from a threatening situation, so it may not be that you have no pain—it may be that you simply don’t feel it yet. Getting checked out at a local emergency room or urgent care center helps you rule out serious injuries and get the treatment you need. If you are seriously injured, getting checked out right away could save your life.
Fighting for the Compensation You Deserve
What do you need to get a fair settlement from the insurance company? You must be able to prove liability, w which involves proving negligence. To demonstrate another party’s negligence, you must show that they owed a duty of care to you, that they failed to uphold that duty, that you were injured as a result of their failure, and that you have measurable damages.
When someone is driving, they automatically have a duty of care to other drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and anyone else in their proximity. They have an obligation to drive in a reasonably safe manner that limits the risk of accidents as much as possible.
How does someone fail to meet that obligation? They may do so by driving too fast, driving while distracted, or otherwise engaging in unsafe behavior. After proving these elements, you have to show that their unsafe choices led to your injuries. That’s another reason you need to see a doctor—a full medical workup shortly after the accident ties any injuries you’ve suffered to the accident you were involved in.
Once you’ve established another person’s liability, you can demand fair compensation. You may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical bills and other health-related expenses
- Lost wages and income
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Mental trauma
- Other accident-related losses
How We Can Help
Having the right personal injury attorney on your side makes a big difference when you start fighting for the compensation you’re owed. The insurance company will put up a fight. They want to keep as much of their money as possible, even if that means that accident victims don’t get a fair settlement after a crash. They will use a wide variety of tricks and underhanded tactics to reduce the value of your settlement and try to force you to accept it.
The team at The Stein Firm will protect you from these unethical tricks and advocate for you throughout the claims process. We know what to expect from the insurance companies and what it takes to force them to negotiate in good faith. When you choose us, you can count on a full investigation, a fair assessment of your injuries and losses, and aggressive representation against the insurance company.
Contact The Stein Firm Now
Ready to start your car accident claim? Let’s talk about your accident and start working on your case. Call us or send us an online message to schedule your free consultation and case assessment.